Hm: Days before the election, trouble in the Northeast for Democrats
posted at 10:01 pm on October 30, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham
It is a strange cycle, with Georgia at times seemingly more in trouble than Colorado or Iowa. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to see Democrats stumble in the Northeast just days before the election— a bit of a bellwether, or at the very least, motivation for Republican voters across the country.
Last night, we dealt with two trouncings in New York— one for a Republican incumbent, but the other in a district evacuated by a Democrat.
First up, Martha Coakley, the erstwhile terrible opponent of Sen. Scott Brown is managing to crash and burn again in Massachusetts, running for governor this time:
Charlie Baker maintains a 7 percentage point lead in the race for governor in the final Boston Globe poll before Tuesday’s election, suggesting that the Republican is in a strong position to win the election over Democratic rival Martha Coakley.
Forty-four percent of likely voters say they support Baker, a former health care executive and state Cabinet official, while 37 percent say they intend to cast their vote for Coakley, the sitting Massachusetts attorney general.
Eleven percent of the electorate remains undecided, according to the survey. The independent candidates in the race — Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively, and Jeff McCormick — together draw 7 percent of the vote.
“Unless there’s a dramatic change of events . . . this looks very solid for Baker,” said Globe pollster John Della Volpe.
Meanwhile in New Hampshire, Coakley’s erstwhile decent politician opponent Brown is within margin-of-error striking distance of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, though that race is still considered a long(ish)shot. Here Shaheen is struggling to bother coming up with an answer about her support for a carbon tax:
Though Brown had stumbles of his own, and one that may speak to voters’ doubts about him.
Veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had some harsh words for the Republican Party during a Thursday campaign rally for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
As he has done repeatedly before, Rangel compared some members of the GOP to confederates from the Civil War era. But at the Thursday evening event, he added that they “believe slavery isn’t over.”
“We have to win. We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo. And the thing is everything we believe in —everything we believe in — they hate. They don’t disagree — they hate! They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and they and think they won the Civil War!” Rangel shouted.
In contrast, Rangel said the Democratic Party was doing “God’s work” on issues important to the American people.
From the mouths of tax cheats.
And, the president is campaigning in Maine—one of few places that he might not be as much of a liabilty—in a close race to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and he’s avoiding the hell out of Kaci Hickox.